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Re: How to prevent distribution of `texinfo.tex`

From: Nick Bowler
Subject: Re: How to prevent distribution of `texinfo.tex`
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 14:02:40 -0400

On 23/06/2021, Peter Johansson <> wrote:
> On 24/6/21 3:02 am, Werner LEMBERG wrote:
>>> As far as I know there is no way to disable this behaviour, although
>>> I agree the automagic file inclusion can be a bit funky.
>> Yeah, it would be nice to have a means to control that.
> There is the dist hook, which can be used to remove files from the
> distribution, but seems dangerous to exclude files from the tarball that
> are mentioned in the Makefile.

Yes it is really not a good solution in this case.  The file is detected
at "automake" time and the rule to distribute texinfo.tex is baked into
the generated  That then gets bundled up into the tarball.

If you simply delete texinfo.tex in a dist-hook rule, users will not
be able to run "make dist" from the tarball.  This is one of the things
tested by "distcheck" so that should hopefully catch it.

My suggestion, if accidental inclusion of texinfo.tex is really a
serious problem, is to use distcheck-hook and simply fail the check
if texinfo.tex is present in distdir.


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